Virat Kohli

Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli had a great deal of respect for one another. Suryakumar was counseled to be prepared for difficult times by Kohli, who also discussed his approach to dealing with failures.

Since making his T20I debut against England approximately two years ago, Suryakumar Yadav has enjoyed an unheard-of run in the competition. Virat Kohli, though, had a brief period of similar, and possibly even better success in other forms before a slump in form in 2019 set the former India captain back.

This is only for him to make another rousing comeback since the Asia Cup the previous year. After hitting his 45th ODI century. This brought him one more century away from matching Sachin Tendulkar’s record 49 ODI centuries.

What Virat Kohli told Suryakumar

Suryakumar Yadav
Image of Suryakumar Yadav, from Wikipedia.

Virat Kohli told Suryakumar Yadav to be prepared to “take a couple of steps back” when things don’t go his way.

After ending a three-year drought for an ODI century with a brilliant performance against Bangladesh in Mirpur last month. Kohli proved to the world that he is once again at the top of his game by slamming another hundred in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Tuesday in Guwahati.

The Rohit Sharma-led team won the match by 67 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series thanks to Kohli’s 113 off just 87 balls. This helped India post a massive 373 for 7 at the Barsapara Stadium. Kohli was interviewed by Suryakumar Yadav for BCCI.tv after the victory.

Between the two, there was a great deal of respect. When Suryakumar questioned Kohli about his mantra, the latter talked openly about his approach to dealing with setbacks and gave him advice to be prepared for difficult times.

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“Runs were pouring out of your bat for approximately 4-5 years, but there was a drop in the last 1-2 years. What did you do during that time so that you can again have started to reap the benefits in 2023?”

Suryakumar, who wasn’t selected for the opening ODI, questioned Kohli.

On Tuesday, Kohli, who had missed the first three T20 matches, was making a comeback. Kohli struck 12 fours and a six. However, even six months ago, things for the talismanic batter were far from ideal.

He had to stop playing cricket for a while following a protracted lean period. Last year, when he returned to the Indian team for the Asia Cup, he smashed his first century in over three years. From that point forward, he gets his mojo back.

Kohli then stated, “In the post-game, I expressed the same sentiment (presentation). Currently, as you play more and more, you’ll also encounter the same thing. It will change how people view you. People now predict that Suryakumar will take action when he goes out to play.

“That is a highly demanding process to keep up with. These things flow smoothly; for example, cricket is played in a clear and understandable manner. When there is a downturn, however, frustration can set in because, in my case, I wanted to play the way I do and live up to expectations, but cricket wasn’t letting me. The time frame was difficult. I strayed from the game plan because of that.”

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